What I Played Last Week (12/28/2015 – 1/3/2015)

Wednesday (12/30/2015):

Regular Wednesday meetup at Cool Stuff.

7 Wonders: Duel
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7 Wonders Duel is a card drafting game for 2 players. It plays in about 30 minutes.

IMG_20151230_161002142_HDRI like 7 Wonders: Duel a lot, but I don’t think I like it better than regular 7 Wonders, although I do feel like it improved upon some aspects of regular 7 Wonders, like the graphic design is better for sure.

I ended up winning this game thanks to a lot of victory points from Civilian (blue) cards and War (red) cards.

 

 

 

 

Viticulture: Essential Edition
pic2649952_lgViticulture is a worker placement game with a wine-making theme. It plays 1-6 players and lasts from 90-120 minutes.

IMG_20151230_171906151_HDRI really like viticulture. It’s a fantastic worker placement game, and it’s theme is very strong in the gameplay. I like that the Essential Edition adds in some of the expansions from Tuscany.

I lost this game by like 1 point, but it was close.

 

 

 

Mottainai
pic2688214_lgMottainai is a strategic card game. It plays 2-5 players and lasts from 15-45 minutes.

IMG_20151230_192151073This was my first time playing Mottainai, and I really enjoyed it. I think there’s a lot of strategies to try and a lot of options for each game. The card interactions are really interesting and the mechanics are different from other games I’ve played.

I ended up winning this game by a long shot, but I think that’s mostly due to me understanding the concepts and mechanisms better than the other players.

 

Tigris & Euphrates
pic2338267Tigris & Euphrates is an area-control and tile-placement game. It plays 2-4 players and lasts about 90 minutes.

IMG_20151230_210926997This was my first time playing and it was hard for me to really understand the mechanics of the game (there was a lot of concepts I wasn’t familiar with). But overall it was pretty interesting. I’d play again for sure.

I ended up losing by 1 point again, but I had fun, and my strategy payed off for the most part.

 

 

 

 

After this, I left Cool Stuff to go to a friend’s house where we played a few more games.

Blood Rage
pic2439223_lgBlood Rage is a card-drafting and area control game. It plays 2-4 players and lasts from 60-90 minutes.

IMG_20151230_233629586Blood Rage is one of my favorite games, it’s just always a blast to play. I love how there’s a lot of different strategies to win, and how it’s not all about having the most people in one area, it’s more about the different ways you use those people.

This time we played a 3-player game, and it felt a little less intense than other player counts. I feel like 4 players is the sweet spot for this game. I ended up in second place, but I had a good time.

 

 

Nexus Ops
pic1134615Nexus Ops is an area control game. It plays2-4 players and lasts about 90 minutes.

IMG_20151231_244553248This was my first time playing and I thought it was pretty cool. You’ve got bugs and things you’re recruiting and then you attack and mine with them. When you win a battle and when you complete objective cards, you score points and the first person with 10 points is the winner.

I ended up winning with 12 points to my opponents 7 and 8. I guess I got a little lucky with my die rolls, ha ha! This was a fun game, I’d play again.

 

 

 

Thursday (12/31/2015):

New Years Party and Game Night at my house.

Manhattan Project, Dice City

The Manhattan Project
pic1222522The Manhattan Project is a worker placement game with a nuclear power plant theme. it plays 2-5 Players and lasts about 120 minutes.

IMG_20151231_223814688This was my first time playing The Manhattan Project. I enjoyed it for the most part. It did go a bit long, but I think that’s mostly because it was our first time playing and we didn’t know all the rules completely. I think it’s a really interesting worker placement game and there’s a lot of different things to keep track of.

I learned by the end of the game, that it’s very important to build a good engine for Yellow Cake and Money early on. Because money is very hard to get in this game, but it’s also very important.

 

 

 

Dice City
pic2561229Dice City is a dice allocation and manipulation game. It plays 1-4 players and lasts from 45-60 minutes.

This was my first time playing Dice City and it was interesting. I thought that even in just a two player game, the down time was kind of a lot. It would probably go smoother with subsequent plays, but with 4 players, I feel like there would be a lot of down time.

I do like the dice mitigation, and how you can always do something with your dice. But I would need to play at least one more time to really get a good feel for the game.

 

 

 

Friday (1/1/2016):

Met up at cool stuff, then went to a friend’s house.

Guildhall: Seven Seas
pic2360944_mdGuildhall is a set collection and hand management game. It plays 2-4 players and lasts about 30 minutes.

IMG_20160101_160214924I had been wanting to play Guildhall for a very long time, and I’m really glad I finally got to, because I enjoyed it a lot. The set collection is really cool and interesting, and I like all the different role’s of the cards.

I ended up winning!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Viticulture
pic2649952_lgViticulture is a worker placement game with a wine-making theme. It plays 1-6 players and lasts about 120 minutes.

IMG_20160101_174535490_HDRViticulture is quickly becoming my favorite worker placement game. The theme is so strong and the gameplay is so smooth. I love everything about it.

 

 

 

 

 

Bohnanza
pic69366_lgBohnanza is a set collection and negotiation game. It plays 2-7 players and lasts about 45 minutes.

IMG_20160101_184545230This was my first time playing Bohnanza, and this is another one I had been wanting to play for a long time and finally got to. I really liked it. It has such interesting gameplay with how you can’t change the order of your hand and the negotiation is really interesting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kemet
pic1431241_lgKemet is an area control, conflict game with an Egyptian mythology theme. It plays 2-5 players and lasts from 90-120 minutes.

IMG_20160101_220452003I only played Kemet once before this time and the last time I really really hated it. That was mainly due to a bad rules explanation and a very bad understanding of the rules.

This time, however, I enjoyed it a lot. I’m not great with understanding the strategy for spreading out my troops and all that, but I enjoyed this one. I’d definitely play again.

I ended up winning!

 

Blood Rage
pic2439223_lgBlood Rage is a card drafting game with elements of area control and a Norse mythology theme. It plays 2-4 players and lasts about 60 minutes.

IMG_20160102_013609159I love Blood Rage, it’s great. It’s always great. I have no complaints, although I would say it gets a bit samey after multiple plays, but that doesn’t honestly bother me very much.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday (1/3/2016):

Las Vegas
pic1450127_lgLas Vegas is a press-your-luck dice game with a casino theme. It plays 2-5 players and lasts about 30 minutes.

IMG_20160103_171221250This was my first time playing Las Vegas, and I liked it. It’s really really simple, but there are important decisions to be made each turn. You can focus on a single number to lock-in a win, or try to spread out your dice and win a lot.

It’s a nice filler game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Wonders x2
pic860217_lg7 Wonders is a card-drafting civilization-building game. It plasy 2-7 players and lasts about 30 minutes.

IMG_20160103_1813273877 Wonders is still one of my favorite games an has been since I bought it. It was the first time playing for a few people this time, and they all really enjoyed it. I love how simple it is, but how many different paths to victory there are.

 

 

 

 

 

Lords of Scotland
pic2338327_lgLords of Scotland is a strategic card game. It plays 2-5 players and lasts about 30 minutes.

IMG_20160103_204839628This was my first time playing a full game. It was okay. I desperately think it needs a house rule where you keep your hand from round to round, because that would make it play so much smoother, and would make recruiting a card a viable option on the last turn of the round. For all I know, that’s how the game is supposed to be played, but the rulebook is poorly written, so it’s unclear.

I didn’t really enjoy this play of it, but I’d be willing to give it another shot with the above house rule.

 

 

 

 

Stockpile
pic2258055_lgStockpile is a stock-market, insider-trading card game. It plays 2-5 players and lasts about 45-60 minutes.

IMG_20160103_210417262Stockpile is one of the few stock-market games I’ve played, and I have to say I really enjoy it. It plays quickly, but there’s a lot of important decision-making. And I like that you don’t ever have all the information, you only have some of it, so there’s a bit of a press-your-luck element to it.

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I love board gaming! I would do it every day if I could.
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